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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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BINA — The Bina Convenience Center at 244 McNeil Rd will be closed for paving Monday, Sept. 24 until Saturday, Sept. 29, according to the Ashe County Board of Commissioners' Clerk, Ann Clark.

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WARRENSVILLE — Following the fire at LifeStore Bank on Tuesday, September 18, the two employees of the Warrensville branch were back at work on Thursday. One is working at the West Jefferson location, while the other is going to work in Jefferson. They wish to thank everyone for their concer…

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JEFFERSON — Ashe Memorial Hospital is gathering materials and resources for Pender Memorial Hospital following Hurricane Florence, to be collected at the State Employees Credit Union Parking lot in West Jefferson, beginning Friday, Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Blue Ridge Energy line technicians achieved full power restoration the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 17, after reaching the final damaged locations through flooded areas of Ashe County, according to energy cooperative representative Renee Whitener. Crews responded 24/7 over the weekend to resto…

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ASHE COUNTY — Tropical Depression Florence dropped between 4 to 10 inches of rain on Ashe County Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16, according to the National Weather Service. Despite the downpour, the county’s residents survived mostly unscathed, according to local emergency management…

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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JEFFERSON — Four people facing drug charges had their cases continued in Ashe County District Court on Thursday, Sept. 13. Brian T. Aberle, Garry F. Burns, Brandon C. Moore and Kellie E. Wolfe are all facing charges including, but not limited to, drugs.

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Blue Ridge Energy line technicians have restored power to a majority of the more than 8,000 members impacted by weekend outages caused by the remnants of Tropical Depression Florence, but crews continue work to access areas along the New River cut off by flooding as of 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sep…

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FLEETWOOD — U.S. 221 from Joe Owens Road to Mulatto Mountain Road will be closed due to damage caused by rains from Tropical Depression Florence until at least Thursday, Sept. 20, according to NCDOT Division 11 Maintenance Engineer Charles Reinhardt.

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Blue Ridge Energy line technicians and contract crews are continuing power restoration efforts this evening as Tropical Depression Florence causes sustained rain and wind gusts, leading to downed trees falling into power lines, with adverse weather conditions continuing throughout tonight, a…

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JEFFERSON — Due to rain, wind and potential flooding brought about by Tropical Depression Florence, school has been cancelled on Monday, Sept. 17 for Ashe County students.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — As Tropical Storm Florence moves through South Carolina on Saturday and is expected to turn toward the north on Sunday, the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, Va., has issued a wind advisory in addition to its flash flood watch for its coverage area, which inclu…

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ASHEVILLE — On Friday, the Blue Ridge Parkway office of the National Parks Service announced the entire 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway and all associated facilities, with the exception of the Pisgah Inn and Peaks of Otter Lodge, will be closed at 8 p.m. in anticipation of high winds and heavy r…

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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ASHE COUNTY — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is prepared to respond to road blockages and other related issues ahead of Hurricane Florence, according to department officials.

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JEFFERSON — Transfer patients arrived at Ashe Memorial Hospital to escape harsher parts of Hurricane Florence, as coastal hospitals and healthcare facilities were evacuated ahead of the storm.

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ASHE COUNTY — As the tropical storm headwinds of Hurricane Florence make landfall along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, its forecasted impact to Ashe County and the High Country is becoming more certain, according to the National Weather Service.

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ASHE COUNTY — Those considering temporarily relocating to higher ground due to the impending rains expected from Hurricane Florence should have little issue finding shelter, according to the North Carolina High Country Host Regional Visitor Center in Blowing Rock.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The keynote address from United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, has been canceled, according to the Ashe County Arts Council. In an email to the Ashe Post and Times, the council said that they are looking to reschedule the event to somet…

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Ashe County and the towns of Lansing, West Jefferson and Jefferson have declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Florence, according to Ashe County Emergency Management Coordinator Patty Gambill.

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JEFFERSON — Dustin G. Baker, Rickey L. Ellison and India D. Huffman were seen in district court on Sept. 6, with all three having their cases continued to later dates.

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WEST JEFFERSON — At the West Jefferson Aldermen meeting on Sept. 4, ABC store general manager Haskell Mcguire reported on the final quarter of the most recent fiscal year for the store. The months covered in the report were April, May and June.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Public Library’s bid for an expansion to its parking lot has been put on hold until March 2019. This decision came at the West Jefferson Aldermen meeting on Sept. 4, at which the library was hoping to finalize the payment plan for the project.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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PIGEON FORGE, TENN. — Ashe County was represented well at the Josie Music Awards on Sept. 8, with 13-year-old West Jefferson native Taylon Hope Miller walking away with a win and two other nominations. The awards show was held at the Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Town attorney David Paletta informed West Jefferson Town Manager Brantley Price of his resignation in a letter on Monday, Sept. 10. In response, the West Jefferson Board of Aldermen held an emergency, closed-session meeting the next day to select a replacement.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Thanks to grants from the state and funds from the county, Ashe County Environmental Services is gearing up to provide a new single-stream recycling service at each of its five convenience centers, according to the department director.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Due to Hurricane Florence, and the rains that the storm is expected to bring, the seventh annual West Jefferson Olde Time Antiques Fair has been postponed. The event will now take place Oct. 5-6.

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WEST JEFFERSON — LifeStore Financial Group, Inc. reported net income of $3,186,855 for the year ending June 30, 2018, as compared to $2,345,110 for the year ending June 30, 2017. Basic earnings per share were $3.13, as compared to $2.30 for the same period in 2017. Assets increased 5.1 perce…

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JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Planning Board did not have a quorum to discuss or vote on any plans at its regular meeting in the Ashe County Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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JEFFERSON — Jessie R. Hubbard, who is charged in the Aug. 19 murder of Diane Goss, was expected to appear in Ashe County District Court on Thursday, September 6, but instead has had his appearance postponed.